Clean Carrot, Ginger, Cinnamon + Vanilla Smoothie is a kid-friendly, healthy smoothie packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants! The perfect (and delicious) way to sneak some veggies into your everyday meals!
Well hellllo there. It’s been a while. Happy New Year!!! The last few weeks have just been a little bit of a whirlwind with Christmas and spending time with family and friends. It was nice to take a breather from the daily grind of work, school, photo shoots, editing, etc. and just …. well… be lazy. It was pretty much amazing. But here we are, back at it at the top of 2017. Now, I know everyone and there mom is throwin up a smoothie bowl here and there for the new year in support of everyone’s (ahem – fleeting) new years resolution to lose weight, get in shape…. yada yada yada (I joke, but that’s totally me every year). Well, the inspiration for this truly awesome smoothie is not that I want to lose weight necessarily, but rather the fact that I am so SICK of our family being SICK! I just want to be healthy – as in not having anyone with their head in a toilet or face in a kleenex. I am over it. Sooooo I put together my most healthy smoothie I could think of last night with my fingers crossed that it tasted remotely good….. aaaaaaand I was blown away. This guy has it all, including deliciousness. So go make yourself a glass (or a gallon) and get on your way to warding off whatever has been plaguing my (or your) house…..
The base of this entire smoothie is carrots. They are so vibrant and fibrous and healthy. The key is though – you just have to splurge a bit and buy the “good” carrots. Not the white ugly carrots that taste bitter and make you wish you hadn’t just crunched down on it. You guys know – they are the ones that you just can’t put enough ranch on for fear you might get a taste of the gross bitterness that always stays behind and lingers just a bit too long…… you know. Don’t buy those. Buy the organic ones or at least the ones that actually still have their leaves/stems on. Please. Otherwise you are going to be thinking I am a complete fool and that this recipe is absolute crap. It isn’t, it’s amazing, but you have to buy the good stuff.
Blend up your carrots with a bit of water to help make a carrot puree along with some fresh (note, again, the emphasis on FRESH) ginger. Then add some organic canned peaches, cinnamon, vanilla soy yogurt, frozen banana, honey and flax meal. Blend and serve immediately! The combination of the sweet carrots, vanilla yogurt and honey paired with the bite of ginger and then hint of cinnamon – I don’t know it just melds together wonderfully. It is the most unique smoothie I have ever had, but it is currently my favorite and I will be drinking it as often as possible this winter.
Oh, and I did serve this as part of dinner tonight – kid and husband approved. My daughter didn’t believe there were carrots in it….. For reals. Vegetable serving for the day – check.
I was tempted to also through some spinach in there – I didn’t for the photo shoot because, well, let’s be honest – that would have been fugly.
But if you are less concerned with appearances and more concerned with eating as much amazing, clean, healthy foods as possible – then toss’er in.
Honestly, I hope you guys aren’t as sick as we have been! It has been a rough winter so far. Stay healthy my friends – this smoothie will help! Bottoms up.
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- 1 large organic carrot (peeled and roughly chopped into chunks)
- ¼ -1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 Teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup soy vanilla yogurt
- ½-3/4 Tablespoon honey
- ⅛ Teaspoon cinnamon
- 2-3 slices organic canned peaches
- 1 Tablespoon ground flaxmeal (optional - or add your favorite protein powder)
- Add carrot and water to blender.
- Blend until carrot has turned into a puree (may need a minute or two)
- Add ginger and blend for another minute until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend.
- Taste and add any additional ingredients to reach desired taste and consistency (if too thick, feel free to add a splash of almond milk; not sweet enough add some more honey; want it thicker add another banana; feel free to add additional cinnamon or ginger too!)
- Garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!